CONFUSION has erupted in Mpongwe following the discovery of a lid for a parliamentary ballot box in a nearby bush a few meters away from the district totaling centre.
The lid for the ballot box with serial number ECZ-16 0430212 was allegedly found in a nearby bush along the Mpongwe Luanshya Road on Saturday night.
The lid was discovered by the locals who reported the case to Mpongwe District Police station.
Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front (PF) leadership in Mpongwe has expressed concern over the mysterious lid which has sparked protests among PF members in the district.
The patriotic front members want ECZ to establish how the lid for the ballot box was found in the bush.
District Electral officer Francis Nkhoma said he could not comment on the issue as it was under police investigation.
PF candidate Emmanuel Kasambo has said he would petition the parliamentary results for this year’s election.
Mr Kasambo said the discovery of the lid was a sign of Electral malpractice in the Mpongwe constituency polls.
“It is a must that I will petition and I will sight ECZ because the elections were conducted in a manner that is not fair and for me they need to explain where the lid came from and they are assuming it came from outside Mpongwe which does not make sense.” He said.
“My agents were not given official results of what was happening in the polling stations so I need explanations.” He added.
UPND candidate Rasfold Bulaya who is former Mpongwe District commissioner polled 9793 votes seconded by Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Emmanuel Kasambo who polled 8271.